A Woman Alone: Autobiographical Writings Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. According to Bessie in "Despite broken bondage . . .," what do men in Botswana mostly do?

2. What year was the old British Bechuanaland Protectorate established in Botswana?

3. In "Notes on novels," how is pre-colonial invasion South Africa described?

4. What does Bessie attribute her bad habits and violent nature to?

5. Bessie feels that literature in South Africa is very what?

Short Essay Questions

1. In "African Religions," what, does Bessie state is the main difference between Asian and African religious ideals?

2. What is Bessie's opinion of Botswana men?

3. What was Bessie's first experience of racism in a black form?

4. In "African Religions," what does Bessie state is at the root of religion in Africa?

5. In Chapter 2, what does Bessie think that the spirit of the Nigra Goddess has done for the blacks in America?

6. In Chapter 2, why is the friendship between Bessie and the American woman painful?

7. How are Bessie and the American woman different?

8. In what ways did emancipation slowly make it's way to Botswana?

9. In "Despite Broken Bondage . . .," how were women treated in Africa before independence?

10. Why was Bessie able to write in Botswana rather than South Africa?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In Ellen Kuzwayo's "Call me Woman," she describes her life before and after oppression. What was her life like before? What was the view of South African then? What kind of work was her family involved in? What kind of education did she have? Ellen was a part of the first groups of educated blacks that felt leadership should be based on merit, not ethnicity. What event changed her life drastically? Do you think she was at all prepared to be thrust into a world of instant poverty, violence, and suffering? How did she deal with it? Do you think that it's easier for someone to accept this, if they've been born into it and it's all they've ever known, rather than someone, like Ellen, who knew a good life and then was forced to give everything up?

Essay Topic 2

Conflict is the main theme of "A Woman Alone". Do you think that there was just as much internal conflict in the book as external? Do you believe that external conflicts are a direct result of individual internal conflicts? Explain Bessie's internal conflict regarding her avoidance of all things revolutionary and liberatory. Was she always proud of this? Did it sometimes create problems with others? Do you think that Bessie avoided these issues because she didn't think that they were effective or because she knew that she couldn't deal with them mentally?

Essay Topic 3

In "An unspeakable crime", Bessie expresses her disdain of the Coloured Affairs Department. What are they doing in Port Elizabeth and Capetown that she disagrees with? Describe the actions of the coloureds, whom she feels are accessories to the crime. Are they ashamed of their actions? Should they be? Do you think that they truly don't know their own minds and think that the Coloured Affairs Department knows what's best for their children? Or, do they see the situation for what it is and go along with it because it's the only way to survive?

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